UK Scrutiny Committee asks for update on Belarus after sanctions suspended

The UK EU Scrutiny Parliamentary Committee has published its conclusions on the EU’s decision on 29 October 2015 to suspend most of its targeted sanctions against Belarus (see previous blog). The committee said it was “debatable” how successful the sanctions regime of imposition/suspension/re-imposition had been as regards Belarus, and asked the Minister to write to them by 14 January 2016 to explain what additional measures have been taken to “deepen the EU’s policy of critical engagement with Belarus”, which Member States agreed should go hand in hand with the suspension of sanctions.

Interestingly, the Committee also asked the Minister to confirm that the EU Council is not appealing against judgments of the General Court in Cases T-275 and 276/12 to annul sanctions against Yury Chyzh, the Triple group of companies, and football club Dinamo Minsk (see previous blog here), and to indicate what lessons should be learnt from “this latest episode of EU restrictive measures falling foul of the General Court”.

The summary of the Committee’s findings and conclusions is here.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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